Damien Williams, a senior running back at Oklahoma, is one of nine Big 12 running backs on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award honoring the country's best college running back.

Nine From Big 12 In Preseason Consideration For Top Running Back Award


The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to college football’s best running  back. Nine running  backs from the Big 12 have been named to the 2013 preseason watch list for the award, named in honor of the three-time All-America running back from Southern Methodist University, who played there in the late 1940s.

Baylor and TCU each placed two running backs on the candidate list: Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin from Baylor and B.J. Catalon and Waymon James of TCU. Others from the Big 12 who are in consideration for the Doak Walker Award are John Hubert of Kansas State, Damien Williams of Oklahoma, James Sims from Kansas, Jeremy Smith of Oklahoma State and James White of Iowa State.

The Doak Walker Award is the only major collegiate football award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of students of the same classification. The award is voted on by the PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum.

The watch list will be reduced to a group of semifinalists on Nov. 14 and the finalists will be named Nov. 25. The winner of the 2013 Doak Walker Award will be announced on Dec. 12 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.

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